FDA Fights Skin Cancer with Mandated Tanning Bed Labels

May 30, 2014 4:10 PM

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FDA Fights Skin Cancer with Mandated Tanning Bed Labels

Despite repeated warnings that indoor tanning beds are directly linked with a risk of skin cancer, plenty of people still hop in to achieve that "healthy" bronzed glow. In an effort to decrease the number of skin cancer cases, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has strengthened its regulation of tanning beds, requiring a visible warning against their use in people under the age of 18.

The federal agency has updated tanning bed and sunlamp labels from low-risk to moderate-risk devices. Although these black box warnings are the FDA's strictest, it still does not bar the use of such devices for minors. Warnings about the risk of skin cancer must also be included in any user instruct...

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